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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “The Grove”

Last night’s “The Grove” was not a pleasant episode. But, I suppose there would be something fundamentally wrong with me if I declared any episode of The Walking Dead to be a pleasant episode. After all, the show is a parade of miserable hopelessness punctuated by the occasional high point.

It’s the high points that get me in trouble, really. They come right as I’m ready to toss the whole thing aside. They come right when I’m ready to be done forever.

What are the high points? Oh, you know…When the show focuses on something OTHER than the abject horror of the survivors’ situations; when I momentarily forget that anyone can turn into a rampaging death machine at any instance. And perhaps that’s the point of the whole show: to visualize the terrible truth of humanity at its most base, to realize that there will always be circumstances under which anyone of us can become a monster. Maybe whatever those circumstances are can be construed as beyond our control, just as the show’s characters can’t control what they become in death. But, the stark horribleness remains: the monster has always been there.

Highlights from “The Grove”:

– During a pit stop on their way to Terminus, Carol and softie Mika take a walk in the woods, so Carol can lecture the girl on being tough. It doesn’t take, and Mika declares she wants to be nice, that everything will work out, blah, blah, blah. The pair come upon a house, and Mika interprets it as vindication for her way of thinking. Meanwhile, Tyreese and Crazy Lizzie (Borden…get it? You will.) are waiting for Carol and Mika by the train tracks when they see a walker coming towards them. The walker falls and somehow snaps its legs/arms in some combination that prevents it from moving. As Tyreese is about to kill it, Crazy Lizzie stops him, saying there are times when you don’t have to kill walkers. For some reason, Tyreese listens and leaves the walker alone. Stupid.

– The four decide to stay at the house for a while, and Mika has to shoot a walker that pops out and tries to get Crazy Lizzie and Judith. Carol sees this as progress. Huzzah! Later, though, Mika is unable to shoot a deer, and Carol is discouraged. Sad panda.

– Carol, who is making tea or something else that requires a kettle of boiling water, sees Crazy Lizzie playing tag outside with a walker. Carol, a sensible lady, dashes out and stabs the walker, causing Crazy Lizzie to lose her mind and begin screaming at Carol. See, Crazy Lizzie thinks that walkers are just people…just different. Crazy.

Carol does what Carol has to do. Image courtesy of AMC.

Carol does what Carol has to do. Image courtesy of AMC.

– Crazy Lizzie is feeding walkers again. Ugh. Remember, she did the same thing at the prison. Ugh. Mika follows her and catches her in the act with the walker on the train tracks. The sisters fight, and Crazy Lizzie stands firm in her belief that walkers are still people. The fighting attracts the attention of a passel of singed walkers that straggle out of the woods and chase the girls. (They’re blackened because –I’m assuming– they’ve come from the fire that Daryl and Beth set. Interestingly enough, Carol, Tyreese, and the girls have seen the smoke, and it’s not that far away.) The sisters run back to the house screaming, and Carol and Tyreese come to the rescue. In the end, all four end up shooting the walkers down. Carol sees Crazy Lizzie’s participation in the shooting as progress, and later that night, she tries to encourage the girl. Crazy Lizzie calmly states that she now knows what she has to do. Let me just say that at this point, I told my husband it was going to be something bad. Carol assumed Crazy Lizzie meant she knew walkers were bad and had to be shot, but sadly, that wasn’t the case.

– The next day, Carol and Tyreese are out hunting and talking. Tyreese confides that he has been dreaming about Karen, and Carol looks conflicted. (I kept telling Carol to keep her mouth shut, but I knew it was coming. That’s just how television works.) Remarkably, Carol doesn’t tell Tyreese that she’s the one who killed Karen and the other guy know one cared about, and they make their way back to the house. When they get back, they find Crazy Lizzie (Borden…get it, now? Ugh.) with a knife and bloody hands. She’s killed Mika in an attempt to prove that walkers are the same as people and pulls a gun on Carol when the older woman moves closer. Lizzie demands that they let Mika turn, and Carol agrees so she can get the gun away from Crazy Lizzie. During the exchange, Crazy Lizzie reveals she was about to kill Judith, too. Tyreese picks up Judith and leads Crazy Lizzie away, while Carol does what needs to be done off screen.

– Crazy Lizzie is confined to her room while Carol and Tyreese discuss what to do. They finally come to the conclusion that the girl can’t be around other people. Carol suggests that she go off with her, but Tyreese talks her out of it, and they silently agree on what must be done. So, Carol takes her out and shoots her. Carol shoots Lizzie.

Stop. Wait. Did you guys get that? We’re watching a show where they just executed a crazy little girl. We’re watching a show where said crazy little girl murdered another little girl.

They had no choice, you tell me! And I agree; they had no choice. But, the fact remains that this SHOW IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT. YOU JUST WATCHED TWO LITTLE GIRLS DIE FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT. I did it, too, though.

I am sad.

– That night, Carol tells Tyreese that she killed Karen and the other guy (David?) at the prison. She explains a bit, then tells him to do whatever he needs to, all but giving him permission to kill her. Instead, he does the  unthinkable (at least in this show), he forgives her! They decide they cannot stay at the house, and the next morning, they get back on the tracks and continue to head for Terminus.

Then, the episode ended.

I think I’ll watch the rest of the season, but after that, I think I’m done. I just can’t stand it, any more. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I have to consider WHY I’m watching this show! What redeemable qualities are there? There’s no hope. It’s a constant struggle for survival against impossible odds.

There’s enough of that in real life.

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Indifference”

Holy crap, Rick! Really? The former lawman’s decision seemed out of the blue and totally ridiculous!

You have to agree with me on this one.

Seriously!

What decision? Well, let’s get to it, then:

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Whoa, there, Tyreese! Back off, buddy! Image courtesy of AMC.

– After speaking with the ill blonde girl (who didn’t seem sick at all to me…) in her “charge,” Carol sets off with Rick for a supply run. It’s obvious Rick is terribly conflicted about Carol since finding out she killed Karen and dude no one cares about. Not a whole lot of time is spent on Rick’s feelings on the matter, though. We get a lot of angsty looks and a voiceover from the sick blonde girl about being strong and people changing. Then, when Rick and Carol are in the car together, Carol accuses Rick of not trusting her. Um. Yeah. Probs.

– Tyreese is trying to get himself killed. He’s convinced himself that his group’s (Daryl, Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese) delay in getting needed antibiotics has sealed the deaths of all the sick people at the prison, including Sasha. They come upon a minivan covered in vines that are connected to a building. Maybe it was a repair shop or something? Suffice it to say, there are walkers inside, and Tyreese tries to wrestle with one a bit too long. The others are like, “Dude. Stop trying to get yourself killed.” He’s all like, “Whatever. You don’t understand me! Nobody does!”

After finding stuff to get the van running, Daryl tinkers with the vehicle while Bob pours his heart out about being an alcoholic and feeling guilty about causing the helicopter to fall through the roof, leading to Zack’s death. Bob thinks he put a bottle of liquor down too hard, the shelf collapsed and then, the roof collapsed. Daryl’s like, “Shut up. It wasn’t your fault.” After the group finally reaches the vet college, it’s a fairly easy hop, skip, and jump to the medical supplies. Everything that Hershel wants is there, and they quickly gather the supplies and head out. There’s a quick aside as Bob finds a bottle of booze and stashes it out of sight in his bag. Okay, so here’s what I don’t understand: Apparently, they choose another way to leave the grounds, because they run in the hoards of walkers! And they seem to have been infected with the flu, too. Can anyone explain to me why they didn’t go out the same way they came in? It makes NO sense. At all! They end up having to bust out a window and escape onto a porch roof. In doing so, Bob loses his footing and his bag flips down. Of course, there are scads of walkers below, and they try to pull him down. See, Bob won’t let go of the bag, because that’s where he’s put the booze. But, the others haul him back up, and Daryl finds the bottle. They have a short standoff, and Daryl almost alpha males Bob off the roof, snarling that if Bob drinks any before the prison folk get medicine, he’ll get beat into the ground. Bob is ashamed, but tucks the bottle back in his bag and follows the group to safety.

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Don’t let the door hit you on the way out! Image courtesy of AMC.

– Rick and Carol drive to a subdivision and happen upon a pair of unlikely survivors. I say unlikely, because the man and woman seem like super easy walker bait. The woman has a turned-in foot — she said it healed incorrectly after being broken — and the man has a dislocated shoulder. Carol pops the shoulder back in place, and Rick asks his three questions to determine if the couple can come back to the prison. Apparently, they passed the test, because later, Rick tells them to stay put while he and Carol finish their supply run. He plans to pick them back up on the way out. But, no! The couple wants to help! The woman is fast despite her foot! And the dude is strong, too! Rick reluctantly agrees, and they decide to meet back up in two hours.

However, a bit later, Rick and Carol happen upon what’s left of the woman. Apparently, she wasn’t that fast, because walkers are eating her. Also, can we just talk about how they find her leg first? It was perfectly intact and just laying there. Dumb. Rick and Carol finish looting…er…looking for supplies and go back to the house to wait for the man. He never shows, and Carol thinks they should leave him. That’s the last straw for Rick! Carol has changed, he says! She’s terrible and ruthless, now! Inhumane! It was all rather confusing, really. Rick was upset that Carol made the decision to kill Karen and dude, so he determines that Carol must leave the prison! WHAT?! Yep. She doesn’t even fight him that hard! She argues a bit, but gives in WAY too quickly. They pack up what I guess was the couple’s station wagon with supplies, and Carol drives away.

Fade to black.

Excuse me? What just happened? Rick just kicked Carol to the curb! For all his pontificating about how Carol didn’t have the right to choose to end the lives of others, isn’t he essentially doing the same thing? Oh, sure, there were some lines in there about how Carol is strong and how she’d find another group…but, come on! And the pacing was totally off. I mean, you could see that Rick was thinking on what had happened, that he wasn’t happy about it by any means, but the whole thing happened extremely fast! He and Carol discussed it all too briefly. It was very unsatisfying from a story-telling standpoint. And let’s talk about it from a logical standpoint, shall we? This whole show is about survival, about making a life after life has ended. People are adapting and changing…but, don’t change too much or you’ll get kicked out of the group? I dunno. Carol’s point about acting in the best interest of the group is valid. Did she do the right thing? Probably not. But, is it up to Rick to decide that? Not according to Rick! But, I guess so…according to Rick. He took himself out of leadership, but now he’s making this kind of decision?

I think we’ve circled back around to the individual versus the group theme. Carol made the decision to act on her own to disastrous consequences: Karen and dude could have survived, and Tyreese is now homicidal and suicidal. Rick has made the decision to act on his own and banish Carol. What will be the consequences? Well, I’m thinking that Daryl will not be pleased, and he will probably go after her. Will the group fragment further? Will Tyreese set out to hunt her down? Will Rick lie about it, and say she was killed? If our show theme of groups are better had been played out, then Rick should have brought Carol back to the prison, and she should have answered for her actions. The group should have decided her fate.

What do you think? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Welcome to the Tombs”

So, this is a recap for a season finale. Yeah, there will be SPOILERS.

Andrea finally paid the piper for all her stupid decisions this season! YES! Honestly, I wasn’t sad to see her go. I’m sure I’ll find someone else to yell at during next season, but for now, I am satisfied. Ghoulish? Not really. I have my reasons! Read on!

“Welcome to the Tombs” opens with The Governor (TG) beating the crap out of Milton. TG is pretty ticked that Merle got the drop on him and his men and that eight of the group were killed. Of course, Milton is to blame for that! Plus, Milton let Andrea go!

But, TG, ever the understanding despot, offers Milton a chance at redemption –one TG knows Milton will never take.

TG leads Milton into the room where Andrea is handcuffed to the dentist chair and tells him that she will still be useful. TG orders Milton to pick up the terror tools, and the subservient little weasel trudges over, clearly in pain from TG’s tender touch. Milton drops the tools and gets yelled at, and as he’s picking them up, he leaves a pair of pliers behind Andrea. As TG and Milton ready to leave, TG suddenly stops and pulls Milton back into the room, telling him that he needs to kill Andrea. TG gives Milton a knife and tells him to prove himself and earn redemption in TG’s eyes (or, eye, I guess…).

Milton takes the knife and aims a swipe at TG (something TG was surely counting on)! TGgrabs the knife and redirects it, stabbing Milton several times. In true villain style, TG twirls his non-existent mustache and tells Milton that now he’ll turn into a biter and kill Andrea, anyway!

(I was hoping we’d finally learn Milton’s connection to TG in this episode. Brother-in-law? That’s what I wanted. The closest we got was when Milton asked TG what Penny would think of her father, now. She’d be afraid of me, TG says, nonplussed.)

At the prison, Rick and the gang are loading up their possessions and (I thought) preparing to get the heck out of Dodge. But, Carl’s being a moody teenager, and I had no idea why. He wouldn’t let his dad touch him, and he was stomping around. Was he mad that they were leaving? Weird.

Skeptical Tyreese and Sasha are skeptical.

Skeptical Tyreese and Sasha are skeptical. Image courtesy of AMC.

Cut to Woodbury! TG is whipping his conscripted soldiers into a frenzy! They killed our men, and they’re not going to stop until we’re all dead, he tells the mixed group. Off to the prison! They start to pile in vehicles that are loaded down with all manner of heavy artillery. But, Tyreese and Sasha are having second thoughts. Tyreese tells TG that they want to stay and protect the town, because they don’t want to fight people…only walkers. TG gives them the evil eye, but grabs a gun and shoves it into Tyreese’s hands, thanking him for volunteering to stay behind.

Tyreese and Sasha exhale. Shwew! TG’s not going to kill them! Yet…? They think they might have to slip out of town later, though.

Before long, TG and his small army are at the prison, blowing up the guard towers and barreling through fences. They make their way into the prison and can’t find anyone!

YES! I cheered! Rick’s group was smart and left!

TG leads his army into the part of the prison known as the tombs after hearing noises. Well, of course there are noises! There’s a giant hole on the back of the prison, and walkers wander in all the time! But, I guess TG didn’t know that.

I was just saying to my husband that they should have left booby traps for TG, when BANG! Smoke grenades and sirens start going off! TG’s people start screaming and scattering. He tries to get them to calm down, but they don’t listen and run for their trucks. When they get into the prison yard, Maggie and Glenn pop up in full riot gear, shooting at them and causing more panic. They tear off, terrified!

Now their plan was clear to me. Rick’s group had cleared out to make it look like they had abandoned the prison! But, Maggie, Glenn, Rick, Daryl, and Carol had stayed behind to reek havoc on TG and his raiders! Carl was upset because Rick didn’t let him stay and help. Instead, Carl, Hershel, and Beth were on the edge of the woods, watching from a distance.

At the edge of the woods, one of TG’s men stumbles upon Carl, Hershel, and Beth. Carl, still smarting from being left out, was quick to draw on the guy, who was really just a teenager. The teenager surrenders and tries to hand over his weapon, but Carl shoots him!

We got a great shot of Hershel’s horrified expression. Uh-oh! Seems to me that Carl is trying to prove to dear old dad that he’s an adult! Ugh.

Back at the prison, they decide to go to Woodbury to finish the fight. Hershel tells Rick what happened, but, Carl denies shooting down the kid in cold blood. He drew on them, Carl insists. Hershel disagrees, but Rick wants to believe Carl.

On the road back to Woodbury, TG’s army is hurrying on its way. But, TG speeds up and gets in front of the line, forcing the trucks to stop. They all pile out and start arguing with TG, saying they should just leave the prison alone, it’s not worth it, etc. TG is most displeased. So displeased in fact, that he goes quite nuts and mows everyone down with a gun.

Ratta-freakin’-tat-tat!

TG makes sure his townsfolk wouldn’t rise again, popping them in the head. But, he misses Karen! Somehow, she managed to avoid the gunfire, and is hiding under someone else’s dead body. For some reason, TG doesn’t shoot the body’s head. Lucky Karen!

Martinez and Shumpert (Shumpert? I totally had to look this guy’s name up. Tell me I’m not the only one who had no idea what his name was!) are quite shocked at TG’s behavior, but they don’t seem TOO distressed, because they hop right into the truck when TG gives the signal and leave!

Seriously, guys? Why didn’t Martinez just pop TG right there? It would have been the perfect opportunity! You can’t tell me that they’re comfortable with this psychopath. I mean, I actually found myself liking Martinez a little bit when he and Daryl bonded over a cig at Rick and TG’s initial meeting. Now, I gotta wonder what he’s after by staying with TG. Maybe it’s because TG’s the biggest, baddest dog in the junkyard? It’s better to be a servant of the Devil than be in his way? Hmmm.

Oh, hey! Remember Andrea’s plight? Yeah, Milton is about to turn and eat her face. But, what is she doing instead of trying to free herself? She’s monologuing. Milton is barely alive, and Andrea is trying to keep him coherent. She can’t do that and try to free herself at the same time? Fine, then. She deserves to be eaten, I say! 

As she rambles on, she admits to the fading Milton that she stayed in Woodbury because she wanted to save everyone by herself. It didn’t work. And it wouldn’t, would it? After all, the main theme of this season is that you can’t do anything on your own! And there she was, trying to do it on her own; she was doomed to fail.

Milton finally dies, and Andrea flails at the pliers with her feet. Milton’s fingers twitch!

At the prison, Rick, Michonne, and Daryl prepare to head to Woodbury. The others are have decided to stay and guard the prison. Not a bad idea, guys. Rick confronts Carl and asks about the kid his kid gunned down. Carl becomes defensive and tells Rick that he did what had to be done, throwing back in the former lawman’s face several times when the trigger hadn’t been pulled, and there had been dire consequences (Dale, Lori, and Merle’s deaths).

I totally agreed with Carl. I mean, killing TG’s teenaged soldier may not have been the best thing, but can you blame him for not wanting to take a chance? However, I think there was more at play than simply “a chance.” I think Carl was mad that he wasn’t included in the prison defense, that he wasn’t being treated like an adult.

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl strike out, following the road to Woodbury. It isn’t long before they come upon TG’s roadside slaughter. Walkers are busily munching bodies, and the prison trio get out to clear them. Then, they find Karen! She hid in the cab of one of the trucks and begs for help.

Back to Andrea! Milton has completely turned and is shuffling toward her. Oh, no! (Yay!) Andrea manages to get her hands free at the last minute, but not before Milton is on her!

Did he bite her? Did she kill him? We don’t see! But, we hear screaming!

By now, it’s night, and Tyreese and Sasha are still guarding Woodbury’s walls when they catch Rick’s group sneaking up. They fire on them, and it isn’t until Karen makes herself known that Tyreese is willing to listen. Karen explains what happened and that TG went nuts and shot everyone. Tyreese doesn’t seem TOO surprised, but he is shocked to learn that Andrea may still be in Woodbury. Rick tells him that she never made it to the prison.

So long, and thanks for all the fish! Image courtesy of AMC.

So long, and thanks for all the fish! Image courtesy of AMC.

Rick, Michonne, and Daryl lead the way back to the rooms where Maggie and Glenn were held. Tyreese goes with them, and they find a door with blood pooling from beneath it. It is opened to reveal Milton’s body and Andrea huddled against a wall. She’s been bitten and isn’t long for this world. It’s sad, of course, but I wasn’t sad to see Andrea go. I was sad for Michonne’s loss. The secret ninja is crying and trying to believe Andrea will be okay. But, she know’s that’s not going to happen. Andrea is paying for her mistakes, while emphasizing this season’s theme of you can’t do it on your own.

Andrea shoots herself while she is still able. They didn’t show it, though. I watched Rick, Daryl, and Tyreese wait for the gunshot on the other side of the door.

BLAM. Fade to black.

After, Rick and co. head back to the prison with a bus. A bus? Yeah, Rick’s taking in strays, now. Since all (most, anyway) of the able-bodied adults have been slaughtered, the bus is full of older folks and kids.

Carl looks murderous and asks what’s going on, and Rick tells him that they’re taking in the people left from Woodbury.

It’s the right decision. How do we know it’s the right decision? Rick looks up at the catwalk, and pregnant ghost Lori isn’t there, anymore! Has Rick left Crazytown for good? Let’s hope so!

End of season three!

Why didn’t Rick just take over Woodbury? My first guess is that TG knows the town too well. I mean, there were secret torture rooms! Plus, the place just has too much history, and moving to the prison is the start of a new life. That life will be vastly different, no doubt, but it’s new nonetheless.

So, loose ends and/or issues that occurred to me:

  • TG, Martinez and Shumpert are still out there somewhere running amok. Are they going to raid the prison? Ummm, prolly. TG’s too big of a villain for him to just disappear. He’s the bogeyman.  
  • There are tons of new mouths to feed at the prison. You can’t tell me that they’ll be able to forage enough for all these people! I mean, Daryl’s a good hunter, but come on! They’re going to have to start farming in earnest, methinks.  
  • Carl’s becoming a hardened killer (is this a bad thing?). It’s a sign of the times, yes, but how far should Rick let Carl go? Can he even do anything at this point?
  • There’s a giant hole in the back of the prison. They should probably look into this, yeah? Especially now with lots more people in the prison. 

The title, “Welcome to the Tombs,” could be taken in several ways, I thought. The first that occurred to me was it was a greeting for the former Woodbury residents. The prison, for all its worthwhile security in bars and fences, still has the dark, close feeling of a tomb, don’t you think?

“Tombs” is the name the prison group uses to refer to the passages overrun with walkers. So, I thought it was kind of a clever greeting (“Welcome to the Tombs”) for TG and his army as they entered the hallways in search of Rick and his group and were met with smoke bombs and sirens.

What did you think of “Welcome to the Tombs?” Of season three? Hit me up in the comments!

 

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The Walking Dead Recap/Review: “Home”

Spoilers, yo, and lots of them! You’ve been warned. (It does say “recap” in the title…just saying.)

I was seriously JUST starting to like Axel. Dang it! Now, all of the prisoners are dead, and the prison truly belongs to Rick’s group. (Crazy people running the asylum, anyone?) But, is it even still Rick’s group? Or is Glenn trying on some britches that are a couple of sizes too big? That’s the thing about wearing big pants; you’re going to trip and fall on your face.

“Home” opens with Rick seeing Lori in the prison yard. Still dressed in white, Lori’s back is to him as she stands before the graves. He runs to the graves only to have her vanish and reappear beyond the prison fence. Not recognizing the symbolism of running through the gates away from safety and into the wilderness of crazy, Rick dashes by Michonne and meets Lori on a footbridge. (Michonne appears to be living in an overturned bus in the prison yard. Or, if she’s not living in it, she at least crawled out of said bus. Rick did say they would be kicking her out of the prison as soon as she was back on her feet. Is this as far as they’ve kicked her?) Michonne wisely closes the prison gates behind him.

Lori and Rick share a moment as she gently strokes his face. Aww! Poor Rick looks miserable and elated at the same time.

But, Michonne looks on in disbelief as Rick cuddles into open air, because, obviously, Lori is not there!

In Woodbury, The Governor (TG) pays Andrea a visit, and I was glad to see that she wasn’t shacking up with him. Although, it was never clear that she ever was, I guess. They just shagged, and she left. How elegant!

He compliments her inspiring speech to the townsfolk following the break-in and biter attack and encourages her to step into a leadership role. See, TG thinks he hasn’t lived up to the mantle of power and wants Andrea to take over.

Right…

He loves me? He loves me not? Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-andrea.php.

He loves me? He loves me not? Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-andrea.php.

Blah, blah, blah…you know he’s lying through his teeth when he says he’s going to take some time to sort things out. And you REALLY know he’s lying when he assures Andrea that there will be no retaliation against Rick’s group at the prison. But, she buys it, because she’s Andrea.

TG leaves her and goes to see Milton. The man is visibly scared by TG, but he also wants to prove his loyalty to the one-eyed pirate. TG has a strange hold over the people of Woodbury; it’s interesting to see the desperate need for leadership and the willingness to latch onto someone in power. You see it in Milton, and you can see it in Andrea, too, to a certain extent. The world has gone mad, and people need some semblance of order, even if that order is through brutality. They need a “home” (See how I worked the title in there? I’m so smooth.).

TG verifies Milton’s allegiance and then tells him to keep an eye on Andrea. He’s not so sure she’ll side with Woodbury, after all. It’s rather a different story from the crap he just sold Andrea, but that’s our TG, and that’s why we love to hate him!

When Andrea is looking for TG and several other of Woodbury’s known fighters (all the scary dudes who carry the big guns and do TG’s bidding) later that day, a woman on the wall, Karen, won’t give her a straight answer. Andrea sees Milton and asks him where TG is, and Milton is also coy, saying TG is on a supply run. Andrea doesn’t buy it, and Milton doesn’t appear to really care that she doesn’t buy it.

Do you think Milton knew where TG had gone? I mean, I knew! Seriously, how could you not know? But, TG did tell Andrea that there would be no retaliation against the prison, so she was left to wonder.

But, she had to know, right? Come on! The illusion of safety and normalcy at Woodbury was shattered, and while she’s desperately grasping at the loose strings, Andrea has to know there’s something truly rotten in Denmark.

We got to check in on Daryl and Merle a couple of times during this episode before they were drawn back into one of the sure-to-soon-be-feuding camps (Woodbury or the prison? Which one will they end up with? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!). The brothers were struggling to adjust to one another while fighting for dominance (on Merle’s part) and respect (Daryl’s goal). Daryl’s time with Rick’s group had changed him, and the knowledge galled Merle. So, the elder Dixon picked at Daryl, maligning everything from his hunting skills and sense of direction to his loyalties.

Daryl readies to save folks in need. Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-daryl.php.

Daryl readies to save folks in need. Image courtesy of AMC and found at http://blogs.amctv.com/photo-galleries/the-walking-dead-season-3-episode-photos/episode-10-daryl.php.

When Daryl and Merle come upon a Hispanic family being attacked by walkers, Daryl immediately wants to help. He hears a baby and must think of little Judith back at the prison. Merle, on the other hand, doesn’t care and is content to let the family get eaten. But, Daryl comes to the family’s rescue, shooting and knifing walkers. Lo and behold, Merle wanders in behind him and kills a few, too.

I loved Merle’s face during this scene! It was a mix of consternation and awe as he watched his little brother handily dispatch the walkers and save the family.

When it was all over, Merle decides they are owed payment for their services and starts to rob the family, tossing out a racial slur in lovely Merle fashion. Daryl tells him to stop, but Merle doesn’t listen. It’s not until Daryl threatens his brother with his crossbow that Merle backs down. The family leaves, and the Dixon brothers realize just how different they’ve become.

In the woods, they get into a small scuffle, and Merle rips Daryl’s shirt, revealing old scars left by their father. Merle is shocked and tells Daryl he had no idea about the abuse. But, Daryl really doesn’t believe him and decides enough is enough. It’s time to go…(Ready for it?)…home. He sets off for the prison, leaving Merle, who swears he can’t follow, not after his history with the group.

As Daryl strikes out, he leaves his brother with “I might be the one who’s walking away, but you’re the one who’s leaving…again.” (Or something close to that.) His voice cracks, and you can tell he’s choking back tears.

As Daryl disappears into the woods, Merle is torn between a new found protective streak for his little brother and saving his own skin. As he waffles, the indecision is plain on his face as he weighs the consequences of the only decision he can make before following Daryl.

It’s a great stretch of acting from two great actors!

At the prison, Glenn’s got his big-boy pants on and is assessing the perceived vulnerabilities of the compound. He’s going over with Carl and the others how Tyreese’s group and walkers got into the depths of the prison, known as the tombs. But, Hershel thinks the possible attack/retaliation by TG is more pressing and says they should leave the prison. Glenn adamantly disagrees and then comes up with the idea that he and Michonne should sneak back into Woodbury and just kill TG. Not too bad of an idea, really, but no one but Michonne goes for it.

So, Glenn settles for a foray into the tombs to clean out walkers. Later, when he returns (looks like Carl went with him), he wants to take a vehicle to look at the back of the prison to see how bad it really is (It’s pretty bad, remember?), but no one really wants to go with him. Glenn declares that he’ll take Maggie with him, but Hershel isn’t so sure she’s willing, either, and Glenn goes to find her. She’s lying down in her cell and doesn’t react too kindly to Glenn, something that really puzzles the man.

And why is she acting this way to Glenn? Isn’t he trying to protect her, to avenge (in a roundabout way) the wrong done to her? Not really. Actually, he’s just trying to make himself feel better. See, he really didn’t even know what TG had done to her. In his mind, the worst thing was that Maggie had been raped. She wasn’t, and she told him that. But, instead of treating her like an equal who had done the necessary to save Glenn’s hand (TG threatened to cut it off if she didn’t cooperate.), Glenn put himself in the role of her protector and insinuated his own feelings of powerlessness over her feelings. By doing so, he made the situation about him. It turned into something that HE had to fix, that HE had to avenge, because she was HIS woman. Now, he’s on a quest to prove himself capable of running things without Rick and Daryl. He’s obsessed, and Maggie is disgusted.

After Maggie rebuffs him, Glenn decides to go look at the perimeter by himself. He meets Hershel in the prison yard, and the older man again says they should leave the prison, but Glenn isn’t having it. He pitches another hissy fit, stomping his feet and holding his breath (not really). Since Daryl’s gone and Rick is “wandering Crazytown (He actually said “Crazytown!” Someone was reading my recaps and wrote that into the script, right? HA!),” Glenn is the next in charge, dang it! Or so Glenn thinks. He hops into a giant truck and roars away.

Hershel hobbles down to the outer fence to look for Rick. The former lawman comes out of the woods looking paranoid and rather deranged but sound in body, overall. Hershel tells Rick about Glenn and asks him to come back to the prison. But, Rick isn’t ready, yet. He confesses his recent delusions, but tells Hershel he knows they aren’t real. At the same time, though, he has to believe there’s an explanation.

Yeah, you’re nuts!

But, Hershel is nicer than me and gently prods Rick to come back to reality. This was a great scene visually with Hershel on the inside (reality) of the prison yard and Rick on the outside (Crazytown), clutching at the chain link as he is clutching and searching for sanity. Nicely done.

Closer to the prison, Carol and Axel are getting ready for what they assume will be an assault from TG. The pair are setting up cover and chatting, flirting a bit and getting to know one another. Beth and Carl are also outside wandering about, and Michonne is down by her bus.

I had to cheer for Axel. I mean, he thought Carol was a lesbian, but once he found out differently, he’s quite the charmer!

But, this is The Walking Dead, and AMC doesn’t want me to forget this world is terrible.

A gunshot rings out, and Axel is shot in the head! TG shot him, and we see the self-satisfied smirk below his eye patch as he lowers the gun. TG and some goons are outside of the prison fence shooting up the place, and Rick and Hershel dive for cover as they come under fire, too.

Umm, can someone tell me how a guy got into the prison tower? Yeah, because a TG dude is up in the tower shooting at the group, too! I have no idea how that could have happened.

Carol is crouched behind Axel’s dead body, remarkably unscathed even though Axel is still being shot…a lot. (Not one of those bullets would go through Axel’s body? Huh. I have my doubts.) Carl and Beth take cover, and Carl whips out his gun to return fire because, yes, Carl’s awesome, now. Maggie runs out of the prison with extra guns, and they are able to cover Carol as she runs away from poor dead Axel.

Everybody’s shooting and no one’s hitting anything! But, TG is delighted and gleefully sprays bullets into the air several times. It’s clear that they are not only trying to kill the prison group with bullets, but they are also making as much noise as possible to draw walkers.

But that’s not enough for TG. A delivery truck races up the road and plows through the prison gates to release walkers into the yard. A figure jumps out and runs back to TG’s truck. The person was wearing all black with a helmet,  but it looked like a woman to me. My money’s on Karen; she was totally shifty with Andrea. (Had TG and his group already left when Andrea spoke to Karen? Were they just getting ready to leave? I dunno, but Karen definitely knew something! And I’m not going to be surprised if we find out she was involved in the prison raid.)

The walkers are released right around where Hershel is hiding in the grass. The old coot’s got a gun, but he won’t last long, that’s for certain.

Then, someone finally nails the douche in the prison tower, and TG decides it’s time to go. He and his minions jump in their truck and speed away, passing Glenn on the way out. (It’s about time, Glenn! Where the heck have you been? It took you THAT long to drive around the prison?! Pfft!)

By this time, more walkers are wandering into the area surrounding the prison, drawn by all the noise. Rick, who has used all his bullets, is set upon by a pair of hungry walkers! Oh, no! But, at the last minute, an arrow erupts from the walker’s forehead, and Daryl rides in on a white horse! Okay, there’s no horse, but he and Merle wade into things and save Rick’s butt.

Glenn picks up Maggie in the truck, and they rescue Hershel, while Michonne slices her way through too many walkers (Seriously, this woman is a machine!).

The tragedy seems to bring clarity to Rick as he surveys the damage. A hard, determined look comes in his eyes, and you know this means war!

Dun, Dun, DUN! (Dramatic flourish)

Jeez, what a mess! Axel’s dead (RIP. We hardly knew ye!), Merle’s at the prison, and Rick’s teetering precariously on the edge of insanity. His high-wire act isn’t going to be helped by Glenn’s desire for vengeance. Heck, no! Rick’s going to be out for blood, now. TG has defiled his HOME.

Meanwhile, TG is trying to keep Andrea under his thumb and convince her he’s not a monster, while wiping out her long-lost friends at the prison! At least this time, she’s suspicious of him. (Gosh, she’s thick.)

But, the thing about Andrea is that I know she wants to be thick. She’s not stupid, she just willingly deluded. She wants to believe there’s still a nice little town like Woodbury in the world. But, she’s finally starting to come out of it, and that spells trouble for her stay in TG’s good graces.

What did you think about “Home?” Hit me up in the comments!

 

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